The Joup Friday Album: Fever Ray

Fever Ray DebutIt’s been a bit. A lot of us at the Joup staff took a bit off around the Holidays, something I don’t normally do, however my holiday spirit has miraculously been rekindled over the previous two months. All that’s come and gone now though; I ended up spending the somersault into 2018 in Chicago, called home for a funeral. I haven’t been back for a winter since I moved, going on twelve years ago, and it was a bit of an eye-opener to walk into 0, -1 and -2 degree temperatures, bolstered by a windchill factor that was often double digits below zero; as if the passing of my wonderful Uncle Phil wasn’t terrible enough. Something about all of it hit me in a strangely creative way, and I returned to a rainy LaLaLand with a hankering for dark, brooding electronic music.

That’s where Fever Ray comes in

Karin Dreijer Andersson was once known as half of the experimental electronic duo from Gothenburg, Sweden. I didn’t realize until writing this article that The Knife disbanded in 2014. That makes me sad, as both my fellow Joup contributor Tommy and I will rave up and bloody down about how awesome their music is. Now, while finding out The Knife’s fate hurts, it is offset by the fact that I also had not realized Karin’s solo project, herein the titular Fever Ray, released her sophomore album last year. Here’s a link.

Onto my pick for this evening’s dark descent into the weekend: Fever Ray’s eponymous 2009 debut is as dark and brooding an album as you can find, and it’s also perfect for the remnants of winter leftover in my soul from my trip. Opening track If I Had a Heart is a throbbing introduction to the dark, isolatory landscapes contained within the subsequent tracks; kill the bright lights, spark a pipe or crack a beer and melt with Karin’s eerie vocals as they ride on top of and occasionally merge with her twisted approach to constructing minimalist synths and beats.

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Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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